- Jul 10, 2015
Alaska: I really liked the Anchorage Marathon, I’m sure the half is good too.A couple weeks back I asked for recommendations for favorite half marathons in each state for a 50 state challenge. Of course I got busy and never went through all the responses but alas, here it is including a few multi state challenges to get several states at a time. I’ll add to and update this list going forward for anyone else who might be interested.
50 States Half Marathons
Alabama: Mercedes, Rocket City
Colorado: Colfax Half, Colorado Half
Florida: Space Coast, DISNEY
Georgia: Tear Drop Half, Rock n Roll Savannah
Indiana: Indianapolis Mini Marathon
Kansas: Bill Snyder Half, Garmin
Kentucky: Run the Bluegrass
Louisiana: Rock n Roll New Orleans
Maine: Old Port Half
Maryland: Frederick Half
Massachusetts: Plymouth Race to the Rock
Michigan: North Country Trail 13.1, Freep Detroit Press, Dexter to Ann Arbor Half, Sleepy Hollow Half
Mississippi: Mississippi Blues
Nebraska: Good Life Halfsy
New Hampshire: Smuttynose
North Carolina: Asheville
North Dakota: Fargo
Ohio: Flying Pig
Oklahoma: Route 66, OKC Memorial
Pennsylvania: Philly Half
South Carolina: Kiawah Island, Charleston Half
Tennessee: Rock n Roll Nashville
Texas: Shiner Half, Tour de Fleurs, Alamo Half
Utah: Salt Lake City Half, Zion Half, Jupiter Peak Steeplechase
Virginia: Richmond Half, Shamrock Half
Wisconsin: Brewers Mini Marathon
Ottawa: Tamarack Race Weekend, Courses Gourmandes Series
Multi State Challenges:
Bear Lake Trifecta-Idaho, Wyoming, Utah
I-35 Challenge-Kansas, Iowa
New England Challenge-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Arkansas: Little Rock Marathon is known for their giant medals. They have a half as well. (I haven’t ran this one, but it gets good reviews.)
Iowa: Des Moines - This is the 2nd part of the I-35 challenge. I haven’t done it.
Missouri: Hospital Hill and Kansas City usually have good reviews (KC is part of the I-35 challenge)
Montana: Missoula has good reviews. I’ve ran the Bozeman marathon (and I would run it again). It’s very scenic. But not a whole lot of anything at the end of the race, and part of the marathon course is on a decently busy highway that isn’t closed off. There’s also the Yellowstone Half Marathon by Vacation Races is West Yellowstone. I think its on a lot of trail - like 4-wheeler/snowmobile trail. I haven’t done this one.
Oregon: I ran the Columbia Gorge Marathon last year. Very pretty with all the fall colors. There is a half as well.
Wyoming: Jackson Hole Marathon/Half - I liked the full, except there was one section that was on a bike trail that was pretty banked for a few miles - my knee did not like that. That was a few years ago, and I’m not sure if the half was on that section or not.
Just a note: you have Kansas listed as part of the I-35 challenge, but it is actually Missouri with the Kansas City Marathon/Half.